the quota raj

#1 Apr 12th, 2006, 14:29
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The fact that game of cricket is a money spinner has been proved several times over. The enormous benefits, financial or otherwise, that accrue to those who are lucky enough to don the country’s colors are known to one and all. This is one of the main reasons why no one wants to be left out of the team. He will leave no stone unturned to ensure that his place in the team is not taken over by a rival, come what may.

Not just the players but cricketing bodies of various states also want to jump on to the bandwagon of prosperity. They go all out in their efforts to host ODIs since these offer tremendous scope of earning revenue of undisclosed proportions. Therefore, venues are prepared left, right and center and matches played. And, because we are staunch believers in the policy of equality to all, each of the local boards demands equal representation. The quota-raj, by default, comes to the forefront. As we have quota systems in our education system and in employment, we have it in cricket. We are taken to unheard of locations where proper infrastructure has not yet been provided. The itineraries that are drawn up lack imagination and do not take into consideration the ground realities otherwise how can the selection of a venue like Guwahati, where rains are common at this time of the year, be justified. Or, for that matter, Jamshedpur where it was 43 degrees Celsius at lunchtime.

The players are human beings and forcing them to play under such tortuous playing conditions reeks of sadism. It was pathetic to see the players toil on the field and their performances deteriorated – this is certainly not cricket. It appears that the staging of such games has other ulterior motives – probably, these are methods devised by some fertile brains to improve the ratings of individual players as well as the team ranking in the International arena. If at all these ODIs were necessary at this time of the year, the venues should have been selected where day-night facilities existed and the playing conditions were more pleasant.
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Originally Posted by sadhuji The players are human beings and forcing them to play under such tortuous playing conditions reeks of sadism. It was pathetic to see the players toil on the field and their performances deteriorated – this is certainly not cricket. It appears that the staging of such games has other ulterior motives – probably, these are methods devised by some fertile brains to improve the ratings of individual players as well as the team ranking in the International arena. If at all these ODIs were necessary at this time of the year, the venues should have been selected where day-night facilities existed and the playing conditions were more pleasant.
I agree. The game has been reduced to something of a joke by the mercenaries who "manage" international cricket. The sheer number of matches being played worldwide is staggering. There is some international game or the other being played somewhere in the world at any given time of the year ! Increase in the number of games will surely kill the player and overexposure by the media will kill spectator interest.

We need a sane and firm hand to take charge of the game and put player interest before self. I remember the good old days of my childhood when an international team visiting India generated tremendous interest, only because a team would be touring the country after an year or more.

Today its South Africa touring the country, followed by Sri Lanka, followed by England -who land in the country when the previous team is yet to leave-, followed by India visiting the West Indies, followed by.... Sheer madness !
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Surprisingly though the heat seems to affect only the "unfortunate" Indian batsmen who think too highly of themselves - the English cricketers coming from a cooler climate do not seem to be failing so consistently like some self-styled cricketing experts in our team.

Interesting!

When will performance again be the benchmark for selection?
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The players are human beings and forcing them to play under such tortuous playing conditions reeks of sadism. It was pathetic to see the players toil on the field and their performances deteriorated – this is certainly not cricket.
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The game has been reduced to something of a joke by the mercenaries who "manage" international cricket. The sheer number of matches being played worldwide is staggering.
Very True.
These reminds me of Galdiators, aren't we becoming the Roman spectators with the Gladiators putting their superhuman performance day after day or week after week?
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Originally Posted by anindya911 .....These reminds me of Galdiators, aren't we becoming the Roman spectators with the Gladiators putting their superhuman performance day after day or week after week?
you have made a very valid point. the days of w.g.grace and don bradman are over.
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Money ! Money ! and money !!
Cricket has reduced the word SPORTSMANSHIP and sometimes I doubt that 'those' hardlooks from bowlers could be a DARAMA.
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Yes its all about money and protecting one's place in the team by sucking up to the powers that be.

Be that a selector with a cricket academy, a coach that employs his business partners as advisors or a zero-technique, form-less batsman whoo wants o be Captain someday by badmouthing a former captain.

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Agar Ishwaar tatta rahte
Har jagah, har kaal".

(Humanity would have been in deep trouble, had God really been present everywhere all the time)
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With the TV broadcasting rights being sold for $6-10 million per game, does anyone know how much these players get paid?
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Originally Posted by crvlvr With the TV broadcasting rights being sold for $6-10 million per game, does anyone know how much these players get paid?
this is the probably most closely guarded secret of indians - even more secretive than the information pertaining to our neuclear energy setups.

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